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The 6 o’clock Effect

It happens in most software companies and it happens where I work. We call it the 6 o’clock effect. Starting from 9.30 a.m., we start programming with only a 1 hour break for lunch from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. We have to prove our work daily to our CEO who comes online at 5.30 p.m.

So from the word Go, we start putting all our brains into the work at hand. Yes, the effect, as we know it, is the 6 o’clock effect – everybody goes crazy after 6 o’clock.

Roland starts staring in the void, Gaurav starts talking to his computer and I start getting absent-minded about things. Huge mental boulders, is what we have to face. Disability to think anything clearly coupled with the frustration of things not working out makes everybody loose their wits.

However, Ajay shows some of the most interesting symptoms of the 6 o’clock effect. The other day, lost in 3 threads and several structures, we saw him staring at the screen and drumming vigorously on his lips. Later we made this up – “A possibility of a programmer going crazy is directly proportional to the number of threads you use in your program”.

You can hardly differentiate a mental hospital from our office with everybody suffering from the 6 o’clock effect. If you think about this, how many programmers must be there in a mental hospital? We already are worthy occupants of one such hospital.

Well, the bright side is that it does give us something amusing to look at. This enables us to compose ourselves and start over again towards acting like a complete crackpot.
Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 10:32 PM. Comments: 3.
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